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This salad has so many olives that there's a piece in every single bite.In 2018, Food & Wine named this recipe one of our 40 best: When food bloggers hit the scene, a whole new slew of talent became part of the pages of F&W. Among the first of those was Heidi Swanson, who started writing her wonderful vegetarian food blog, 101 Cookbooks, in 2003. Swanson was also at the forefront of the wholegrain craze, and her incredible farro and green olive salad was featured in our “Salad of the Month” column. The secret is in the balance: Each bite holds a bit of chewy farro, toasty walnut, fresh scallion, and briny green olive. Swanson’s dressing is a little sweet and a little spicy, and, put together, it’s an explosion of flavor and texture that’s unbeatable.

Heidi Swanson
December 2013

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Recipe Summary

total:
40 mins
Yield:
6 to 8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 375°. In a medium saucepan, combine the farro with 4 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer, partially covered, until the farro is tender, about 20 minutes. Drain the farro and spread it on a baking sheet to cool.

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  • Meanwhile, place the walnuts in a pie plate and toast for 5 to 7 minutes, until lightly golden and fragrant. Let cool, then coarsely chop.

  • In a large bowl, combine the farro, walnuts, olives, scallions, chives, raisins, crushed red pepper, olive oil, lemon juice and honey and season with salt. Toss well. Transfer the salad to a platter, garnish with the cheese and serve.

Make Ahead

The salad can be refrigerated overnight. Bring the salad to room temperature before serving.

Suggested Pairing

Ripe, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc.

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